Is your dog a matted mess? While some dog owners opt to cut out or clip a dog with mats, other pet owners want their doggy diva to keep looking her best with her long flowing locks intact. Or, if you live in cold climate, you may not want to cut mats out and leave skin exposed to the elements. Brushing out a matted dog may be your best solution in these cases. However, it takes time and patience--and the right tools for the job. You may want to tackle the job in stages so you and your dog do not get tired of the de-matting process and lose patience. Leaving mats is not an option as it compromises the coat's insulative qualities, and moisture caught underneath the mat at the skin frequently contributes to the developments of infections, which can be painful. Besides, a matted dog is unsightly and unpleasant to pet. Keep your dog mat-free to maintain her skin and coat health and have her look her very best.
Ouch! Removing matted hair can hurt! Whether you decide to brush and comb out mats, use a de-matting tool, or have to resort to scissors to remove a mat, having hair pulled away from the skin to handle the mat can be painful. Also, if the mat has been there awhile, moisture that has built up under the mat can cause skin to become inflamed and sore due to fungal or bacterial infections or friction where the mat has rubbed. Inflamed skin will be extra sensitive. Work carefully and slowly and take breaks to minimize discomfort to your dog when brushing out mats.
A matted dog may be uncomfortable, as sores often form under mats due to trapped moisture and friction. Removing the mats is necessary to keep your dog's skin and hair coat healthy, and protect her from the elements. Work slowly with a brush and fingers to loosen mats or use a specialized de-matting tool to brush and comb out a mat while cutting matted hair if necessary. Using detangling solutions or cornstarch also helps lubricate hair, making the job easier. Have patience so as not to tire out your dog. Remember, this can be an uncomfortable and tedious process, take frequent breaks when needed to make sure you and your dog do not get frustrated.